Peter Goldreich

Peter Goldreich
Astrophysics
Professor Emeritus
School of Natural Sciences

Peter Goldreich has made profound and lasting contributions to planetary science and astrophysics, providing fundamental theoretical insights for understanding the rotation of planets, the dynamics of planetary rings, pulsars, astrophysical masers, the spiral arms of galaxies, oscillations of the sun and white dwarfs, turbulence in magnetized fluids, and planet formation. His current research is focused on the production of impact spherules.

Cornell University, Ph.D. 1963; University of Cambridge, Postdoctoral Fellow 1963–64; University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor 1964–66; California Institute of Technology, Associate Professor 1966–69, Professor 1969–81, Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Physics 1981–2003, Emeritus 2003–; Institute for Advanced Study, Visitor 1972–73, 1987, 1992–93, 1994–97, 2000–01, Member 2002–03, Professor 2004–09, Professor Emeritus 2009–; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member; National Academy of Sciences, Member; Royal Society of London, Foreign Member; California Scientist of the Year 1981; American Astronomical Society, Dirk Brouwer Award 1986, Kuiper Prize 1992; Royal Astronomical Society, Chapman Medal 1985, Gold Medal 1993; National Medal of Science 1995; Académie des Sciences, Institut de France, Grande Médaille 2006; Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2007

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